A lovely afternoon was had by all as we met for our yearly outing at Haddo House. The young ones ran around in the beautiful open spaces while the older ones chatted, before sitting down to a picnic together. We were again blessed with great weather for which we were thankful. The customary game of rounders stretched some unused muscles and provided some moments of hilarity! We then closed by singing the well loved words of Psalm 23 and giving thanks for the day we enjoyed.
If there is a benefit to being small in number, it is that a real family atmosphere is fostered among our folk. We long for more to worship with us and discover Jesus, yet we rejoice that we have been able to develop lasting friendship and fellowship.
"Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another, and the LORD hearkened..." Malachi 3:16
It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! The exterior is nearly fully painted now and the difference is telling. Progress has been made despite some typically Scottish weather holding us back a little!
We've been encouraged in recent weeks by some new faces dropping in to worship with us at GRC, so we would appreciate prayer for all we do, both inside and outside our church.
Our contractor is busy this week as we've kicked off the external work on the building. The work-scope includes cleaning, repairing and painting the external walls, removing and replacing the guttering, cleaning stonework and various roof repairs. The blue skies shown in the corner of the image have been most helpful!
Our thanks go to our church's Finance Committee for supporting us in this important work.
Next month, we look forward to welcoming again the Rev. Craig Dennison from Gardenstown Free Presbyterian church. Mr Dennison preached with us a number of months back and was warmly received. This will be on the 19th August as our own Minister will be taking some time off.
The next Sunday, the 26th August, we welcome for the first time at GRC, Mr Callum Webster. Mr Webster works for the Christian Institute, a cause we regularly support in our monthly special collections. He has worked alongside the McArthur family in Northern Ireland as they seek to defend religious liberty and conscience.
Please remember them both in prayer as the preach and defend the Gospel.
US Christian radio show 'Iron Sharpens Iron' is hosting an interview with the Rev. Maurice Roberts on the 27th July, between 9-11pm BST.
Rev. Roberts has previously appeared on the radio to discuss his book 'How to Cultivate Heavenly Mindedness & Spiritual Conversation,' and can be listened to via this link here.
Be sure to tune in to the show, and browse the wide range of interviews from host Chris Arnzen.